Graduate students in the Molecular Biotechnology Training Program are expected to participate in the annual MBTP Symposium with poster and oral presentations.   The 2021 Symposium will be split over two days, with invited guest speakers presenting and participating in a panel discussion on Molecular Sensing, Diagnostics, and Surveillance on November 9, 2021 in a Zoom Webinar. Students will present their own research in person at The McKimmon Center on November 4, 2021.

NC State faculty, students, and staff with an interest in biotechnology are invited to attend! Register for the webinar HERE. Questions? Please reach out to the Biotechnology Program:

Molecular Sensing, Diagnostics, and Surveillance

November 9, 2021
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Kevin Plaxco, Professor

Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Counting molecules, dodging blood cells: continuous, real-time molecular measurements directly in the living body

Dr. Deb Hung

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

A strategy toward point of care infectious disease diagnostics

Jonathan Gootenberg and Omar Abudayyeh

McGovern Institute Fellows at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joint Seminar: Harnessing novel CRISPR systems for genome engineering and health

MBTP Trainees and Fellows Research Presentations

November 4, 2021
8:30 am – 3:00 pm


8:30 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMWelcome Remarks
9:10 AMRavi AppalabhotlaDirected migration of fibroblasts in multi-cue chemotactic and haptotactic gradients
9:30 AMDeaja SandersIn silico screening of polyethylene terephthalate hydrolase-like enzymes from Bacillus spp. isolated from worn polyester garments
9:50 AMXin DongExploring residue roles in CATCH peptide co-assembly
10:10 AMJulia GrzymkowskiHerbicide induced oxidative stress and metabolic dysfunction leads to defects in intestinal morphogenesis
10:40 AMImani MadisonIron deficiency stress delays phloem sieve element cell differentiation and enucleation
11:00 AMSam McMillanDifferential response to bile acid stress by Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron is dependent on bile altering enzymes
11:20 AMMelissa MitchlerBiosensor-guided engineering of pathways for polyketide biosynthetic precursors
11:40 AMDan WillardThe Life Sulfuric: understanding sulfur oxidation in thermoacidophiles through comparative genomics and thermodynamics
12:00 PMLUNCH (provided)
12:30 PMPosters-Odd Numbers
1:00 PMPosters-Even Numbers
1:30 PMPoster Judges Convene
1:45 PMPoster Award Winners Announced, Closing Remarks

Special thanks to the sponsors who help make this program possible:

Past Events:

The 2020 Symposium was a virtual event over two days: Featured guest speakers on November 4, 2020 and student presentations on November 12, 2020. Read about it HERE.